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Think Interactive Videoconferencing

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Think Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC)



What Is Interactice Videoconferencing?

  • Educational activity that links two or more people at two or more locations
  • Video images are being sent over the Internet (IP)
  • Video signals go both ways
  • Everyone can be seen and heard


Videoconferencing Resources


Bridge – A device in the middle of the network that processes audio and video information from multiple sources

CODEC - An abbreviation for a coding and decoding device

Far-Site - The other conference sites located at a distance from the conference instructor or presenter

Mute – A state where the microphone is off and not transmitting audio.

Near-Site - The conference site where the meeting our class is originating from

PIP - Picture-In-Picture. The small window the local party appears in located in the bottom right corner of the screen

Remote or Far Audio - audio sent from distant class/location

Remote or Far Video - video sent from distant class/location

Multipoint Videoconferencing - video conference that connects more than two video sites which requires a bridge or MCU


Dealing With Technical Difficulties

  • Know where to get help
  • Have a phone in the room at all sites
  • Have telephone numbers of others sites available in case you lose a connection
  • Discuss contingency plans ahead of time:
  • Continue with audio, if still available
  • Overheads or PowerPoint provided, in advance, at each remote site if video is lost
  • Work on group projects until video is restored
  • Reschedule, if possible


Types of Videoconferencing Calls

  • Desktop
  • Point-to-Point: One to Group
  • Point-to-Point: Group to Group
  • Classroom: Guest Lecturer or Co-Instructor
  • Classroom: Local and Remote Classroom
  • Multipoint Call


Videoconferencing Applications:


Areas of Focus

1. Distance Learning

2. Professional Development

3. Meetings

4. Virtual Field Trips


  • Administrative meetings
  • Advanced Placement Classes
  • Articulation Issues
  • Board Meeting
  • Broadcasts
  • Building New Course Programs
  • Campus Collaborations
  • Chancellor Address
  • Classroom Observations
  • Collaboration with other educational institutions
  • Committee Meetings
  • Continuing education and training for faculty and staff
  • Counseling
  • Courses and support for distance education students
  • Departmental meetings
  • Disaster Recovery Emergency Planning
  • Distance Learning classess
  • Dual enrollment courses
  • Faculty and Administrator searches
  • Faculty Sharing
  • First Responders
  • Generating new outlets for courses
  • Job Interviews
  • Judicial Hearings
  • Mental Health Consultations
  • Presentations from experts
  • Professional Development
  • Staff Meetings
  • Student Hearings
  • Telemedicine
  • Technical training for application users
  • Technical training for facilitator staff
  • Training from vendors/manufacturers
  • Virtual Field Trips (Content Provider)


Videoconferencing "How-to"



A Teacher's Guide to Videoconferencing - from Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Using Videoconferencing in the Classroom

Videoconferencing in the Classroom: Communications Technology across the Curriculum - details a range of curriculum developments involving video conferencing. Written by Tim Arnold, Steve Cayley and Mike Griffith and received funding as part of the DfES "Videoconferencing in the Classroom Project"

Video-Conferencing, The Next Generation - NAIS 2000@Baltimore Workshop, 3/3/2000, presenter: Steve Bergen; The "Summercore" Teaching Company

Videoconferencing Development Initiative Videoconferencing Cookbook

VC Project Wiki - This wiki is a collection of educator-created templates and projects for collaborative videoconferences.

VC Project Template Booklet

Videoconferencing Protocols

Videoconferencing Cookbook

What Can I Do With Videoconferencing?

Video Conferencing in Plano ISD

Teaching Through Technology



VSX Basic Equipment Training

Getting Started Guide

VSX Technical Documentation

VSX End User Training

Video How-To



Tandberg MXP User Guide

Tandberg Education Resources


Other Resources

Wesley Fryer's Teach Digital Wiki - teaching with videoconferencing page

Videoconferencing Out on a Lim

An Internet Hotlist on K-12 Video Conferencing Resources by Vicki Allen

My del.icio.us links for videoconferencing



Videoconferencing Content - Search for Content Providers

AT&T Videoconference Adventures

KNE Videoconferencing Directory

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

Polycom Content Searchable Database

New Links to New Learning







Saint Louis University












More Soon... 



Selected Content Providers and Programs

ACT Prep Course

Adventures In Medicine & Science - Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ben Carson, M.D. Interview

Camden Children's Garden

Cleveland Museum of Art

COSI Columbus

COSI Toledo

Cleveland Institute of Music

Discovery Center of Springfield, MO

Kid2Kid Videoconference Connections

Megaconference IX

MOTE Marine Laboratory

Mystery Quest USA

Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections

Read Across the Planet


St. Louis Zoo

Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

Virtual School @ Vanderbilt University

More Soon...


Polycom Basic Equipment Training



Equipment Description


Remote Control

  • controls all functions of the system
  • touching the remote control will automatically wake up the system
  • to enter text, press number buttons, using the text-entry method commonly used with cell phones or, press Keyboard and use the on-screen keyboard to enter text


Camera Codec

  • built-in, high quality color camera
  • a fast pan/tilt/zoom
  • controlled by remote control
  • combination of compressor-decompressor or coder-decoder
  • compression of outgoing video, audio and data
  • decompression of the incoming information



  • table microphone is designed to be placed on a table during a video conference
  • ideal location for the microphone is on a flat surface 6.5 ft from the front of the system
  • microphone cable should always point towards the system
  • automatically equalizes sound levels
  • Siren™14Plus audio with integrated speaker and subwoofer


Visual Concert

  • Show high resolution content simultaneously with high quality video – both images are active at the same time. People video on one monitor, Content on high resolution XGA display.
  • Show PowerPoint slides, motion video and audio, graphics and more.
  • No special settings or software configurations needed.
  • Play or Stop content showing with a simple button.
  • Plug and Play.


Basic Set-up



Using the Polycom Remote Control



System Basics


Making A Call

  • In the dialing field, enter the IP address
  • Press Call on the remote control to place the call.
  • Call progress indicators appear on the screen to show that the call is in progress.
  • When the indicators turn green, the call is connected.


Answering a Call

  • The VSX system can answer incoming calls manually or automatically.
  • To answer the call manually:
  • Press Call on the remote control.
  • If your system is set up to automatically answer calls, the call connects automatically.


Ending a Call

  • To hang up from a call:
  • Press Hang Up on the remote control.
  • Confirm that you want to end the call.


Placing a Call from the Directory

  • Press Directory on the remote control.
  • Find the entry to call.
  • Press Call to place the call.


Saving A Single-Entry to the Directory

  • Press Directory on the remote control.
  • Select New and specify that this is an entry for one site.
  • Enter Information

- Name - Number

- Call Quality - IP Number Extension

- Mobile Number - Phone Number

- Category - Email

  • Select Save to save the entry.


Storing a Preset

  • If you are in a call, press Near or Far to choose a near-site or far-site camera or other video source.
  • Press the Arrow Buttons on the remote control to move the camera up, down, to the left, or to the right.
  • Press Zoom to zoom the camera out or in.
  • Press Preset on the remote control.
  • Press and hold a number to store the preset position. Any existing preset stored at the number you enter is replaced.
  • The system uses preset 0 as the default camera position.


Using Camera Presets

  • If a call is connected, press Near or Far to choose a near-site or far-site camera or other video source.
  • Press a number on the remote control.
  • The camera moves to the preset position for the camera or other video source.


Visual Concert

To start showing content using a Visual Concert VSX:

  • Connect the computer to a Visual Concert VSX device
  • Press on the Visual Concert VSX, or press
  • Graphics or Camera on the remote control

To stop showing content using a Visual Concert VSX:

  • Press on the Visual Concert VSX, or press
  • Graphics or Camera on the remote control


Using a Document Camera, VCR, or DVD Player

To start showing a document, object, videotape or DVD in a call:

  • Press Camera on the remote control.
  • Select a video source.
  • Press on the remote control.

To stop showing a document, object, videotape or DVD in a call:

  • Press Camera on the remote control.
  • Select the main camera.
  • Press on the remote control.



Adjusting the Volume

  • Press Volume

Muting the Microphone

  • Press Mute on the remote control.

-The audio system is voice (noise) activated;

-Avoid rustling papers or tapping objects;

-Always assume someone else is in the room on the far site, even if they do not appear on camera;

-Muting the microphone will ensure that the far site does not hear your pre-conference or side comments;

-Always inform the far site when you are turning your microphone off during a call.


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